Traffic Court to hear case of retired cop in pepper spray incident

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THE retired policeman, who was involved in the controversial pepper spraying incident, is to appear in Traffic Court next month.Retired Superintendent Altermorth “Parro” Campbell was pepper sprayed after he disobeyed a constable’s directive to exit his vehicle to be arrested during a traffic stop on Molynes Road in St Andrew, in June.

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PNP Patriots not backing either Peter

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THE young professional group of the People’s National Party (PNP), the Patriots, has sought to clear the air following claims that it has lined up behind sitting president, Dr Peter Phillips, who is facing a challenge from Peter Bunting for the leadership of the party. In a release on Tuesday the Phillips camp claimed that current and former Patriots executives had endorsed him but made it clear that this was not the position of the entire group.

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Embattled CMU head takes leave

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PRESIDENT of the scandal-hit Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Professor Fritz Pinnock has opted to take a leave of absence while a probe into the accusations against the institution continues.

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Maduro shows military might at Independence Day celebration

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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro oversaw a grand military parade to mark the country’s independence day yesterday, revelling in his might as commander-in-chief as the embattled socialist leader comes under mounting criticism for using brutal tactics to crush his opponents.

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Jamaica stands firm against push by other Caricom states

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JAMAICA, despite being pushed by fellow regional states, yesterday stood its ground that it will not participate in the second round of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Development Fund (CDF), based on a decision taken by the previous Administration in 2015.

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Are we fighting a losing battle in the war against drugs?

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UNITED NATIONS (IPS) —How effective is the global war on drugs?The latest statistics released by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are staggering: 35 million people across the globe currently have a substance use disorder, and as of 2017, some 585,000 people have died worldwide as a result of drug use.

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Why environmental and humanitarian action must be linked

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UNITED NATIONS (IPS) — Environmental and humanitarian action is often understood as two different sectors. However, the lack of awareness regarding its intersections could lead to further long-term devastation.With the growing number of crises around the world, humanitarian actors are essential. They are often the first responders during and after a crisis, providing urgent, life-saving assistance.

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Putin brings own mug to G20 summit

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OSAKA, Japan (AFP) —Russian President Vladimir Putin brought and drank from his own mug during an official dinner at the G20 summit in Japan, prompting social media jokes and speculation that the long-time leader suffered from paranoia. Videos showed Putin, in power for almost 20 years, drinking from a white thermos mug while other leaders drank from regular wine glasses.

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New DrugServ Pharmacy for Bustamante Hospital

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THE National Health Fund (NHF) yesterday broke grounds for the building of a $50-million DrugServ Pharmacy at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston.The groundbreaking and contract signing were done yesterday on the hospital’s grounds.

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Cock-a-doodle-don’t Rowdy French rooster at centre of legal battle

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OLERON, France (AFP) — A rooster named Maurice, whose early-morning crowing has got under the skin of neighbours on the French island of Oleron, was at the centre of a court battle Thursday that has raised howls of protest in the countryside.

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